JONAS
Jonas Rask Eilersen
W Taipei
號, Lane 236, Section 5, Zhongxiao E Rd, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110
24th September 2015

One of the newer Asian W hotels, the Taipei outpost has received rave reviews – were we wowed? Read on for our honest review of the W Taipei.

Location
Truly excellent location; close to Taipei 101, City Hall and transport options galore. Befitting a W brand hotel, it is located close to Xinyi, one of the best areas in Taipei for a night on the town.
Who stays?
Well-heeled hipsters and business travellers primarily: certainly a relatively young demographic. Also seemed very popular with gay travellers
Style and Character
This is up there with the best of the Ws worldwide. It’s certainly flashy, loud and shiny – but it’s not superficial. They’ve pulled out all the stops on this one, making it feel upmarket, and this goes for the finishing, fixtures and fittings too. Very impressive.
Service
The main reception is not at street level; six lifts whirr you up ten or so floors to the reception and pool area. With staff on hand to assist with a smile at any point, I was thoroughly impressed.
Rooms and Suites
I absolutely adored our room; even if it was one of the more modest available (a “Spectacular Room”). I was delighted with the quality of the fittings and furnishings; the window side futon was a nice addition to the room, allowing me to lounge by the window and take in the view of the big city at night. Wonderful.
At over 45sqm, all rooms are very large (for Asia). There’s little cause for complaint, regardless of the room you end up in – although you’d clearly be happier in one of the suite categories (the Marvelous Suite is well-priced for what it offers).
I loved the open plan, slightly Asian inspired bathroom which offers separate shower and tub (with the customary “sinkside six” (the Bliss toiletries which are part of the W family of brands)).
The bed: heavenly.
One word of advice, however: if staying over a weekend, and your room overlooks the pool, ensure you ask for a high floor room; the WooBar at the pool gets quite noisy.
Food and Drink
The hotel is a destination for Taipei’s jeunesse dorée, and, refreshingly, there seemed to be more locals than visitors in both the Kitchen Table and the Yen Restaurant. I was not too taken with the Kitchen Table (small portions and not very attentive service), but Yen was fabulous and doubles as a destination bar at night.
Features, Wellness, and Amenities
Outstanding leisure facilities and amenities here, including a flagship Bliss Spa and a huge and incredibly well equipped fitness centre. This is, of course, in addition to the gorgeous outdoor pool.
Now, the only real fly in the ointment here at the W was the fact that the pool deck was completely closed down for five (!) days due to a “private party”. This was more than just a small service hiccup to me, having chosen the hotel on the basis of its offer of an outdoor pool. The hotel suggested I try the indoor pool at the sister hotel (Le Meridien) which was obviously not what I had in mind, given the warm weather.
Perceived Value
You get a lot for your money here, and the W is even slightly lower priced than other top-end properties in Taipei
Verdict
A truly excellent hotel at the top end of the worldwide W Hotels offering